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Hatta Island, Maluku

Spice Islands to Raja Ampat

A 13-day long trip on board the Aqua Blu

Length

13 Days

Ship category

Luxury

Ship type

Mid-Sized Ship

Capacity

30 Passengers

Spice Islands to Raja Ampat

Trip highlights

Dive Misool’s soft coral gardens

Visit Arborek village

Explore historical Dutch fortification

Snorkel in Aljui Bay’s waters

The DiveIndonesia experience

Meals curated by renowned chef Benjamin Cross

Spacious, modern cabins with all amenities

Options for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and cultural excursions

Knowledgeable guides and dive masters ensuring a safe and enriching experience

Embark on an unforgettable 13-day adventure aboard the Aqua Blu, navigating the breathtaking landscapes of the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat. This expedition offers a perfect blend of diving, snorkeling, and cultural exploration. Dive into the vibrant underwater world of Misool and Aljui Bay, where you’ll encounter diverse marine life and pristine coral reefs.

On land, immerse yourself in the rich history of Banda Neira and the local culture of Arborek Village. This trip is ideal for both novice and experienced divers, as well as non-divers seeking a unique and luxurious escape. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, expert-guided excursions, and gourmet dining experiences, making this journey both thrilling and relaxing.

Your ship: Aqua Blu

Aqua Blu, DiveIndonesia
Aqua Blu, DiveIndonesia
Aqua Blu, DiveIndonesia

What we truly love about Aqua Blu is its perfect blend of elegance, adventure, and comfort, setting a new standard for luxury liveaboard expeditions in Indonesia. This stunning expedition yacht, originally built in 1968 and completely refitted in 2019, offers an exceptional journey through some of Indonesia’s most spectacular waters, including the pristine reefs of Raja Ampat, the legendary Komodo National Park, and the culturally rich Spice Islands.

Imagine waking up in your spacious suite to the gentle rocking of the sea, ready for a day of thrilling dives and explorations. Aqua Blu’s itine … Read more about Aqua Blu

Cabins

Aqua Blu, Cabin 401, CAT2
Suite 401

Type:

Matrimonial

Max. occupancy:

2

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 101, CAT1
Suite 101

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 105, CAT1
Suite 105

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 301, CAT 2
Suite 301

Type:

Matrimonial

Max. occupancy:

2

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 302, CAT1
Suite 302

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 203, CAT 2
Suite 203

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 102, CAT3
Suite 102

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 201, CAT2
Suite 201

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 402, CAT1
Suite 402

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 104, CAT1
Suite 104

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 202, CAT 1
Suite 202

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 103, CAT3
Suite 103

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 303, CAT 1
Suite 303

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 204, CAT 1
Suite 204

Type:

Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 206, CAT3
Suite 206

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Map

Itinerary

Your itinerary below may vary, depending on the weather, wildlife breeding, and local conditions.

Ambon, Maluku

Port of Ambon

Meeting Point: Pattimura International Airport

Recommended flight: Garuda Indonesia GA 646 CGK to AMQ

Transfer Duration: 45 min

Embarkation Point: Ambon Harbor

Embarkation time: 4:30 pm

Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon and board Aqua Blu. After settling in, bid farewell to the harbor as you set sail along the scenic northern coast of Ambon.

Ambon, Maluku

Fort Amsterdam

Head out for your first excursion to explore the historical Dutch fortification, Fort Amsterdam, in the coastal town of Hila in Ambon. Sail through the afternoon and learn about the incredible history of the spice trade. Next, enjoy a sundowner as Aqua Blu continues sailing to the Banda Islands.

While traveling through the deep expanse of the Banda Sea, enact an old naval tradition – ‘hands to bathe’ – where you jump into the water and swim, floating over depths stretching thousands of meters.

Banda Api, Maluku
Banda Api, Maluku
Banda Api, Maluku

Fort Belgica

Kora-Kora

Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises and be greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, once the most hotly contested island in the world. Learn about the colorful story of the Old-World spice trade.

Koon Island, Maluku Islands
Koon Island, Maluku Islands
Gorong Island, Maluku

Too Many Fish

Explore the sparkling coral reefs on the Koon Island, also known as the Marine Superhighway because of its location along a migratory route. Kayak into the narrow waterway entrance of Manawoka at Gorong island to view shallow reefs and deep drop-offs.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Misool Shore View, Raja Ampat
Misool top View, Raja Ampat

Sagoff Island

Balbulol

Fiabacet

Daram

Thousand Temples

Wayil Islands

The magnificent land and seascape of Misool are said to be home to some of the finest reefs on the planet. Take an easy trek on small sandy coves and land-locked lakes. Snorkel, swim, kayak, and spearfish in the numerous blue pools hosting sparkling coral reefs.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Misool Shore View, Raja Ampat
Misool top View, Raja Ampat

Sagoff Island

Balbulol

Fiabacet

Daram

Thousand Temples

Wayil Islands

Explore Wayil's secret lagoons and limestone peaks on Aqua Blu's fleet of tenders and discover your very own snorkeling and swimming spots. Relax on the tranquil beach with sunset cocktails.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Misool Shore View, Raja Ampat
Misool top View, Raja Ampat

Sagoff Island

Balbulol

Fiabacet

Daram

Thousand Temples

Wayil Islands

The magnificent land and seascape of Misool are said to be home to some of the finest reefs on the planet. Take an easy trek on small sandy coves and land-locked lakes. Snorkel, swim, kayak, and spearfish in the numerous blue pools hosting sparkling coral reefs.

Dayang Island, Raja Ampat
Dayang Island, Raja Ampat
Dayang Island, Raja Ampat

Dayang Island

Arborek Jetty

We’ll be arriving early at Dayang Island, known for its plethora of marine life, especially Reef Manta Rays and occasionally Oceanic Manta Rays. Snorkelers and divers alike will revel in the close presence of such majestic creatures at the Manta Cleaning Station. Cruise to Arborek Island for a cultural excursion at the Papuan village. Then, return onboard to dine beneath the stars.

Wayag full View, Raja Ampat
Wayag with boats, Raja Ampat
Wayag full view, Raja Ampat

Mount Pindito

Ranger station

Figure Eight Rock

Wayag Lagoon

Witness the magnificence of Wayag Island’s limestone islets and lagoons as the sun rises. Jump in for a refreshing early morning swim and listen to the sounds of the surrounding nature. Attempt to spot the rare birds of paradise before a hearty breakfast onboard. Next, we’ll be diving at Figure Eight Rock or snorkeling at the Ranger station to spot black tip reef sharks. Spend the afternoon exploring hidden lagoons aboard kayaks at “Castaway” beach.

 Raja Ampat, Waigeo
Raja Ampat, Waigeo full view
Raja Ampat, Waigeo Pier from Viewpoint

Wofoh Island

Alyui Bay

We’ll have an early departure to Aljui Bay, followed by an eye-opening visit to a pearl farm. Next, it’s off to Wofoh Island for diving, snorkeling, and water sports in the afternoon. Lay back and enjoy Aqua Blu’s Beach Club on a private beach, sipping on bespoke cocktails and frolicking family fun as the sun sets.

 Raja Ampat, Waigeo
Raja Ampat, Waigeo full view
Raja Ampat, Waigeo Pier from Viewpoint

Kabui Bay

Cape Kri

Rise in the morning to birdsong for an early tender tour of Kabui Bay’s magnificent karsts. Afterwards, enjoy breakfast while cruising to Cape Kri. Snorkel or dive at a site which holds the world record for most species spotted in a single 90-minute dive. Dine underneath the stars once you’re back onboard.

Friwinbonda Island, Raja Ampat
 Raja Ampat, Waigeo
Raja Ampat, Waigeo full view

Mayalibit Bay

Friwinbonda Island

Kali Biru river

Wake up before sunrise to embark on a spectacular hike to spot the rare birds of paradise on the island of Waigeo. After breakfast, enjoy a relaxed snorkeling excursion at Friwinbonda Island. In the afternoon, test your sense of adventure by heading inland on a local canoe before a refreshing swim down the shimmering blue Kali Biru river.

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Disembarkation Point: Ambon Harbor

Disembarkation Time: 7:00 am

Transfer Time: 45 min

Drop-off Point: Pattimura International Airport

Recommended flight: Batik ID 6171 AMQ to CGK

Wake up in Sorong and enjoy a delicious breakfast on board before your outbound flight.

Dates & Prices

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7

Sep

2024

19

Sep

2024

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From

USD 16,140

7

Sep

2024

19

Sep

2024

Available

From

USD 16,140

7

Dec

2024

19

Dec

2024

Available

From

USD 15,360

7

Dec

2024

19

Dec

2024

Available

From

USD 15,360

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Single Cabin Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option to "Upgrade to single occupancy". This will guarantee you the whole cabin to yourself, for an additional fee. If you don't select this option, then another traveler of the same sex might be placed into the same cabin with you.

What's included

All meals onboard. Almost all dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice - please ask us about your needs.

Beverages: House wine and beer, non-alcoholic drinks.

Laundry.

All excursions.

Snorkeling equipment and wetsuits

All available non-motorized water sports

Group transfers to/from vessel when travelling on recommended flights (Jakarta to Sorong with Garuda Indonesia GA 682)

Scuba diving for certified divers.

Complimentary access to high speed Starlink Wi-Fi.

Your booking contributes to our Conservation Project.

What's not included

International and domestic flights

Visas

Private transfer

Spa Services

Boutique Purchases

Guide and crewgratuities

FAQs

Indonesia, with its tropical climate, offers two main diving seasons: the wet season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. Each season provides unique diving experiences, ensuring unforgettable adventures year-round.

Wet Season (November to March) During the wet season, expect increased rainfall and humidity, but warm temperatures between 25°C (77°F) and 28°C (82°F). Rain typically falls in short, intense bursts, allowing plenty of sunny intervals for exploration. This season attracts diverse marine life due to nutrient-rich waters, making it ideal for underwater photography. Additionally, fewer tourists mean less crowded dive sites and lush, vibrant landscapes.

Dry Season (April to October) The dry season is the most popular for diving, with minimal rainfall, lower humidity, and clear skies. Water temperatures range from 27°C (81°F) to 30°C (86°F), and visibility often exceeds 30 meters (98 feet). These conditions create perfect settings for diving and snorkeling, offering calm seas and abundant marine life. It's an excellent time to explore Indonesia's breathtaking underwater world.

Whether you prefer the vibrant marine life of the wet season or the clear waters of the dry season, Indonesia's diverse climate ensures a memorable diving experience. Let us help you plan the perfect liveaboard adventure tailored to your preferences.

Yes. Dive insurance is generally mandatory for liveaboard trips in Indonesia. Most operators and booking platforms require divers to have insurance that covers emergency evacuation, medical treatment, and other dive-related incidents.

Please secure adequate insurance that provides coverage for medical treatment, decompression sickness, injuries, and emergency evacuation from remote areas, ensuring safety and peace of mind. Optional coverage for equipment loss is also beneficial.

Several providers offer comprehensive coverage, including DAN (Divers Alert Network), Dive Assure, and World Nomads. These organizations offer tailored plans to suit different diving needs.

We dedicate 1% of our revenue towards environmental protection. From 2024, V Social will begin setting up its own conservation project, working together with local people. We firmly believe that conservation can be impactful and long-lasting, but that it is only truly effective when done together with people living in the territory.

Travel relies on natural resources and is deeply connected with nature and wildlife. Therefore, responsible and sustainable travel has to include conservation efforts and true care for the places we travel to. The V Social Foundation’s conservation project is an initiative that works with local people to give them ownership of their territory, protect the environment through reforestation and regeneration efforts, and empower the community by handing them over control of the project within five years.

We aim to develop a model that contributes to climate protection, adapts to local conditions instead of harming them, and empowers local people to take over the project in the future. The goal is that this model can be replicated and create a snowball effect among the communities we work with and the destinations we travel to, making travel a true force for good.

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